Daisy P. Navdar is a teacher by profession and a firm believer in the efficacy of our Manthravani. She is focused on ensuring that the deep significance of our prayers is realized by our youth. She credits her learnings and insights, shared in her articles, to all Zoroastrian priests and scholars whose efforts have contributed towards providing light and wisdom for all Zarthostis.
‘One day, Sai Baba, the saint of Shirdi, started grinding 7 different types of grains. As he ground just those 7 grains, the flour which yielded, was manifold. His followers were amused and the ladies of the village were wondering if Baba would give them some flour for their homes. Then Baba called out to them and gave them all some flour. He then instructed them to sprinkle this flour all along the periphery of the village. His instructions were followed by his devotees but they were all wondering why Baba had told them to do this. Soon there came a great pandemic, millions of lives were lost and all people lived in fear. However, Shirdi and all the people in it remained unscathed and the town escaped from the pandemic completely unharmed, protected and saved by the grace of Sai Baba.’ – Story from the Sai Satcharita
Today, we continually wait for the time when we can all return to our normal lives, our work, our social lives, our families, our friends and most importantly, our Fire Temples. Time and again, the government has announced one lock down after another, and with good reason. We, as a community, remain privileged and blessed to have local Baug co-ordinators who cater to our every whim as we remain safely ensconced in our homes. But we hear of the plight, the terrible reality which is faced by the rest of the population.
Whilst putting the flour on the borders of Shirdi, Sai Baba did not think of who followed which religion, he protected them all. Can’t we also pray our holy vibrations, our manthras to protect all who are facing the wrath of the virus? The need of the hour is to stand together and pray collectively for all of humanity.
Today, I call upon you, every member of our community, to come together and pray. To spread the healing energies of our manthras, to heal our planet. Let us stand united against this virus, for our manthras and our faith are far stronger than any disease.
I share below – a most powerful manthra which calls upon the revered doctor of doctors – Rustom Shahriar Saheb. He is said to be one of the 72 Magav Sahebs who still reside in the Demavand Koh. As with all prayers, there is protocol to follow as described below:
- Do your kusti
- Pray 2 Yatha Ahu Vairyo and 1 Ashem Vohu
- Recite: ‘Hakima ne Hakim Neem Rustom Shahriar Saheb’ 101 times (those unable to recite it 101 times, may recite the same 9 times)
- Pray 1 Yatha Ahu Vairyo and 2 Ashem Vohu
It is so simple for us to seek the advice of doctors and follow their words by doing all sorts of tests and taking all forms of medication. There is a treasure trove of prayers that can be done to solve various diseases / problems. Can we not do this simple recitation for the benefit of not just ourselves but for all of mankind. Let us stand by this adage – ‘Parsi, thy name is Charity’- and freely help to heal the world, from our most priceless treasure, our Manthravani.